Category Archives: London Sights

Lifestyle: Design Inspiration over Brunch: 5 Prettiest Places in London

February 3, 2017

 

Chiswick fire station decor pink red velvet cactus wood

Blush tones and velvet in abundance here alongside giant desert style cacti, all on trend and en pointe.

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Phew, we’ve got to February already, not sure I’m going to want to see a lot of news this month, groan of helpless despair! But on a positive note, time has been flying by here as we’ve spent much spare time decorating of late which means I’ve got a few rooms to show you soon, but alongside the decorating I’ve been thinking a lot about my design inspirations. I was recently asked in a piece for Essential Living about my home design ethos and inspirations. As is pretty much a given with those sorts of questions I answered everything(!)  or more specifically everywhere – architectural details, tv, what people are wearing on the tube, I’m always looking round for interesting combinations of colour, form & texture. But perhaps my number one place for finding interiors inspo is in commercial spaces, and I am often taking mental notes of good design over coffee (ok, I don’t actually drink coffee but you know what I mean). Famous landmarks always provoke a reaction in me and make me assess what I like and what I definitely don’t. But new commercial spaces are one of the greatest spaces to see how new design ideas are being put into practice, how they look or feel in reality. Having done a bit of styling work, the element I loved most on a job was seeing materials I can’t afford being used and wondering how I could modify them to produce a similar effect in my own home. But actually bars, cafes and restaurants give us all access to this and I’ve found Instagram a really great tool for finding places I want to visit in London (and the U.S, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium or Australia should I ever find myself in cities there). So over the last year, if I’m in an area with a cafe or restaurant on my list I will drop in, even if it’s just for a quick lemonade and a recce of the building (or to see the palm print toilets as was the case at Palm Vaults in Hackney last year). These below are my five favourites, there are others like The Wolseley for example, or the many branches of Comptoir Libanais, and many more I want to make my way to including Bob Bob Ricard, Bronte, Mustard, Spring, Yopi, Story coffee and Clerkenwell Grind. But for today here are 5 cafes and restaurants I could happily while away many hours in taking onboard decor inspo. If you know any great places to try please let me know in the comments below.

 

No197 Chiswick Fire Station

Chiswick fire station decor pink kingsize cactus

So much style to take note of here, but you can’t help notice these giant cacti first!

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Pictures: Through the Aperture: January

January 24, 2017

 

Pump neon garage in shoreditch

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What a cold and dark start this month has been, I’ve got lots to keep my mind occupied this month but still these dark cold days are starting to grind. So, as the Christmas lights have faded all around, I thought January the perfect time for appreciating pops of neon. Today’s aperture includes some of my favourite punches of neon (and even a carousel) to lift us out of the doldrums. First up is this very cool gas station in Shoreditch (above) spotted on my London wanderings, perfect seventies fun flair, enjoy. What are you doing to beat the January blues? 

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Tottenham Court Road station, geometric monochrome tiles, vintage transport

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Travel: Day Trip to Polesden Lacey in the Mist

January 2, 2017

polesden lacey, surrey, in the mist, formal gardens gate angle, National Trust properties tourImage: Design Soda

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Happy New Year people, hope you all had good ones, I’m easing myself into 2017 with a gentle post today on our recent day trip to Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. This is exactly my kind of daytrip, a place with nature and a house that reminds me of the countless interwar novels I’ve read, with an interior I could feel at home in and all coinciding on one of those days we’ve had recently where the outdoors is engulfed in beautiful delicate clouds of ethereal mist. Winding down country roads, with trees above our heads forming arches and silver birches lining borders, all surrounded in enveloping mist, made for the very definition of other-worldliness in my eyes and just what I needed the week before Christmas. 

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Pictures: Through the Aperture – Winter Scenes in London

December 23, 2016

art deco penguin pool at zsl london zoo

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The last post before Christmas! I’m very glad to say no more Christmas posts from me, hurrah, to be honest documenting all this fun has been quite gruelling! So today I’m sharing some totally un-Christmas-y winter scenes from my journeys around London of late. The first image (above) may evoke a few memories for you if you had a London childhood (it certainly did on Instagram). We took Ted to London Zoo for his second birthday (despite the deep November chills) and I spotted this Art Deco penguin pool which I remember vividly from childhood. It’s a bit of an icon so I’m glad it’s preserved.

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labour and wait, redchurch street shoreditch

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Through the Aperture: Colour & Architecture

November 4, 2016

Through the aperture, Pavilion cafe, broadway market

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.So it’s been a fairly hectic few weeks and I realise that I haven’t posted a Through The Aperture post for a little while now.Read More

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Palm House Kew Gardens, picture tour

October 7, 2016

Palm House Kew Gardens, picture tour

 

Sometimes I feel very spoilt to be living in London, it truly is a labyrinth of beauty. I am always discovering new places to visit, things that have opened, parks unexplored and areas I once knew well, altered.Read More

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London Design Festival Part 1: Decorex & Design Junction, Trends & Highlights

September 22, 2016

Bethan Gray marquetry pink table at Design Junction 2016

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.Wow, what a roller coaster week of inspiration London Design Festival has been! I must confess that Design Junction is my absolute favourite staple on the Festival calendar, a guaranteed smorgasbord of inspiring design that I’ll be crushing on for months after.Read More

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Through The aperture: Colour Hunting in Late Summer

September 19, 2016

Through the aperture Notting Hill pastels, sunlit streets, kitsch trinkets

 

I write this in a jumper and it will probably be freezing cold and decidedly wintery by the time you read this, but we have had something of the long promised Indian summer recentlyRead More

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Through the aperture: Summer in London

August 5, 2016

byron burger interior caramel and turquoise

Byron Burger, Caramel & Turquoise colour hunting

 

I got some exciting news this week when an email dropped in from a magazine who would like to feature our bathroom in their makeovers section, we have just had a seaside break seeing family in Scarborough and my home is currently full of fresh flowers from the garden, so August is looking good so far! Here are some of the things that have caught my eye. Image above is a beautiful colour combination in Byron Burgers Wandsworth caramel leather and turquoise walls, only problem with this place is going with one of your favourites on lunch hour and not wanting to leave…

 

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Through the Aperture

July 1, 2016

Pink architecture Splendid Urban London

Pink Architecture - Bayswater. Splendid Urban

I have seen so many amazing things over the last month, I love how London and summer come alive together, so I am reintroducing snaps through my aperture. There are so many places I want to go right now, think Palm Vaults in Hackney is next on my list. How about you?

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